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5 senses to optimize work productivity, part 2

The 5s methodology is an effective tool to implement in companies

To optimize productivity in the workspace, the five senses can be used as a guide. Senses play a crucial role in driving motivation, concentration, and attitudes, and it is important to keep them calm to stay comfortable. Discomfort can negatively impact productivity, so it's essential to remove any obstacles or challenges that could divert focus. How can the senses be used correctly to achieve this?

In a previous entry, we talked about two of the most used senses during work days: hearing and sight. On this occasion, we will continue with the other three Although it may seem that they are not very useful in the office, the truth is that by knowing them is possible to take advantage of the 5 senses effectively.




The sense of touch is closely associated with the emotion of comfort and warmth or lack thereof.

While it can be easily noticed what makes an office aesthetically pleasing, figuring out why it evokes a certain emotion is not as straightforward. It is commonly acknowledged that natural materials such as wood and textiles such as soft wool in a shag rug tend to create a warm and cozy atmosphere. In contrast, materials like metal and plastic can give off a feeling of sterility and coldness, making them less inviting.



Haptic design is a rapidly growing field that is primarily focused on mobile technology. However, many forward-thinking designers are arguing that office spaces could greatly benefit from a diverse range of textures. To create a balanced and dynamic environment, it is essential to carefully select complementary textures. For example, a rough, reclaimed wood desk can be paired with a smooth, even-surfaced chair in a vibrant, eye-catching color to create a striking contrast.

Elements that can add texture to a meeting or office space include:

Textiles such as rugs and carpets.

Decorative art such as paintings, sculptures, and wallpaper.

Flowers and plants.



In addition to providing texture, color, and a pleasant aroma, flowers, and plants have been confirmed to improve cognitive function.


Since food is the body's natural fuel, it is not surprising that it is a fundamental part of achieving more optimal work.



The body and brain need food to be successful. Going for a walk and eating something delicious and healthy can make a difference in a worker's attitude. Although flavor is a minor sensory factor to consider, a delicious lunch or coffee is very satisfying and can change the mood for the afternoon.

It is vital to note that flavor is not always enough. Food should be healthy and energy-boosting, some positive options are avocado, tuna, brown rice, melons, eggs, nuts, smoothies, yogurt, and fruit salads.




The sense of smell is something that we should not overlook when it comes to distracting ourselves. Pleasant or unpleasant smells can affect productivity as much as anything else. An unpleasant smell can affect productivity as much as anything else, becoming a source of distraction.

Have the containers been removed? Is there something rotten in the communal refrigerator? Then it is time that it is necessary to throw out and replace these odors with pleasant aromas. Maybe a candle or some incense? Maybe open the window to let fresh air fill the space. The sense of smell is possibly one of the most powerful senses, as the “olfactory bulb is part of the limbic system, the emotional and memory center of the brain.” A bad smell can be just as repugnant as a bad taste and people will want to avoid it. A clean and well-perfumed workplace is an attractive workplace.



Human experiences are not solely based on sight. Stimulating multiple senses through interaction with colors, aromas, and textures in the physical environment leads to greater effectiveness, creativity, and engagement.

Using the five senses as a guide to an optimized work environment ensures that employees feel comfortable, which equals efficiency!.